LIMA — Catherine Early is celebrating her 100th birthday. She would welcome any type of card on the sender’s birthday so she can celebrate all year. A drive-by celebration will be from noon to 1 p.m. Sunday, May 17, at her home.
She was born May 12, 1920, in Mt. Solon, Virginia, to Edith and Claude Rusmisel. She was married to Everett Early for 63 years until his death.
She has four children, Miriam (Don) Quast, of Sun City Center, Florida, Jan Ring, of Sun City Center, Florida, Cindy (Charlie) Jankovsky, of Lima, and Randy Early, of Columbus. She has eight grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
She enjoyed farm life, from raising animals to gardening to preparing meals. She is a member of Pleasant View Church of the Brethren. She was known for her garlic dill pickles whose secret was a grape leaf in each jar. She was a 1938 Beaverdam School graduate. She treasures flowers originally grown by her grandmother. She still plays the organ daily and reads a picnic basket of library books bi-weekly.